The Best Man

The Best Man

The Best Man

Writer and director Stefan Schwartz helmed this 2005 rom com, starring Stuart Townsend as Olly, an Irish writer who is finally fulfilling his dream. Having aspired to being a writer all his life, he lands a big contract and a whacking great advance…whereupon his well of creativity dries up completely. Utterly unable to finish his book, he has taken up a small job as a PA working in a tiny publishing house, a job he hates with a livid passion. Still, at least he has two good friends to help him through this train wreck of a life, Murray, played by Seth Green and James (Steve John Shepherd), polar opposites in both life and appearance. When Steve becomes engaged, he asks Olly to be the best man. All fine, except that upon meeting the Sarah, bride to be, Olly falls head over heels in love with her. Never a good idea for the best man to try to seduce the bride and Olly knows it and is prepared to be honourable about the whole affair but Murray has other ideas and persuades Olly to pursue Sarah, leading to an increasingly odd comedy of errors as Olly tries and fails to persuade himself that this is a really bad idea, while Murray comes up with wilder and wilder schemes to bring the two together before the wedding takes Sarah away from Olly forever.

This is an entirely predictable story and is all the better for it since the audience can see what’s coming a mile off and gains enjoyment out of that knowledge. It’s largely a character piece and fortunately, the director has assembled a great cast with Townsend turning a rather sweet and moving performance as the confused suitor. Amy Smart as Sarah is suitably stunning and puts in a good performance too, but the standout by far is the wonderful Seth Green who manages a creditable British accent and makes Murray by far the most interesting character in the movie. The production values are excellent and Schwartz directs with an assured hand. This movie is funny, moving and entertaining and well worth your time. Good to unwind with after a hard day at work.

Director: Stefan Schwartz
Writers: Stefan Schwartz, Ed Roe
Stars: Stuart Townsend, Raphael Schwartz and Jacob Moriarty

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